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Lurlene McDaniel

Autor/a de Don't Die, My Love

107 obres 11,686 Membres 201 Ressenyes 17 preferits

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Lurlene McDaniel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 5, 1944. She received a B.A. in English from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Before she started writing young adult books, she wrote a magazine column and promos and commercials at a television station. After her children mostra'n més were born, she turned to freelance advertising. When her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 3, she attended a convention for diabetes and met up with the organizer who connected her with a publishing company specializing in children's books. Her first book was Kickaroo: The Soccer Playing Kangaroo. She soon realized that writing picture books was not what she wanted to do, so she wrote Will Never Dance Again, about a girl who is diagnosed with diabetes. Thus began her career writing stories about teenagers who overcome life altering illnesses and the lessons learned. Her other books include Somewhere Between Life and Death, Too Young to Die, Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever, Six Months to Live, and The Year of Chasing Dreams. She received a RITA Award for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and three IRA-CBC Children's Choice Awards. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Lurlene McDaniel

Don't Die, My Love (1995) 395 exemplars
Six Months to Live (1985) 389 exemplars
Telling Christina Goodbye (2002) 310 exemplars
I Want to Live (1987) 301 exemplars
Hit and Run (2007) 283 exemplars
I'll Be Seeing You (1996) 273 exemplars
The Angels Trilogy (2002) 251 exemplars
So Much to Live For (1991) 246 exemplars
Angels Watching Over Me (1996) 245 exemplars
The Girl Death Left Behind (1999) 234 exemplars
Kathleen's Story (2004) 230 exemplars
No Time to Cry (1993) 216 exemplars
The Time Capsule (2003) 208 exemplars
Until Angels Close My Eyes (1998) 203 exemplars
Time to Let Go (1990) 203 exemplars
Lifted Up by Angels (1997) 199 exemplars
Holly's Story (2005) 198 exemplars
Prey (2008) 190 exemplars
Angel of Hope (2000) 188 exemplars
A Season for Goodbye (1994) 188 exemplars
Breathless (2009) 185 exemplars
How Do I Love Thee (2001) 183 exemplars
All the Days of Her Life (1994) 183 exemplars
Raina's Story (2005) 181 exemplars
A Rose for Melinda (2002) 181 exemplars
Saving Jessica (1996) 176 exemplars
To Live Again (2001) 171 exemplars
Reach for Tomorrow (1999) 163 exemplars
Garden of Angels (2003) 163 exemplars
Too Young to Die (1989) 152 exemplars
Baby Alicia Is Dying (1993) 150 exemplars
Sixteen and Dying (1992) 149 exemplars
Till Death Do Us Part (1997) 147 exemplars
Always and Forever (2004) 147 exemplars
Somewhere Between Life and Death (1990) 143 exemplars
She Died Too Young (1994) 142 exemplars
Please Don't Die (1993) 142 exemplars
Angel of Mercy (1999) 140 exemplars
Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever (1989) 140 exemplars
A Time to Die (1992) 139 exemplars
If I Should Die Before I Wake (1985) 138 exemplars
Someone Dies, Someone Lives (1992) 135 exemplars
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (1990) 135 exemplars
A Horse for Mandy (1981) 135 exemplars
Heart to Heart (2010) 132 exemplars
Letting Go of Lisa (2006) 132 exemplars
Mother, Help Me Live (1992) 125 exemplars
Mourning Song (1992) 124 exemplars
For Better, For Worse, Forever (1997) 121 exemplars
Last Dance (2006) 121 exemplars
When Happily Ever After Ends (1992) 119 exemplars
The End of Forever (2007) 113 exemplars
Briana's Gift (2006) 112 exemplars
Let Him Live (1993) 107 exemplars
My Secret Boyfriend (1988) 98 exemplars
Sometimes Love Isn't Enough (1984) 90 exemplars
Mother, Please Don't Die (1988) 88 exemplars
Journey of Hope: Two Novels (2004) 79 exemplars
True Love: Three Novels (2002) 70 exemplars
Why Did She Have To Die? (1986) 69 exemplars
Losing Gabriel: A Love Story (2016) 61 exemplars
The Year of Luminous Love (2013) 53 exemplars
The Year of Chasing Dreams (2014) 39 exemplars
The Girl with the Broken Heart (2018) 25 exemplars
Somebody's Baby (2017) 25 exemplars
Hold Fast the Dream (1985) 18 exemplars
When Dreams Shatter (1988) 18 exemplars
Will I Ever Dance Again? (1984) 15 exemplars
Love's Full Circle (1986) 15 exemplars
The Pony That Nobody Wanted (1982) 14 exemplars
Eternal Flame (1985) 13 exemplars
More Than Just a Smart Girl (1987) 11 exemplars
A Gift of Love (1986) 10 exemplars
The Battle of Zorn (1986) 8 exemplars
Where's the Horse for Me? (1984) 6 exemplars
What's It Like To Be a Star? (1982) 3 exemplars
Video Fever (1983) 3 exemplars
The Angel Thrilogy 1 exemplars
Six Months to Live 1 exemplars
The Bubble Gum Kid 1 exemplars


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Name that book: YA fiction, romance from 1980s a Name that Book (setembre 2015)


This was the first of Lurlene's recent books that I have read. It was a lot more romancy and had a more complex plot than her older books.
This one took me two weeks to read, and I am not quite sure why. Every time I picked it up, I read until I had to stop but then had no interest in picking it back up later.
I loved the plot twist! I knew there was one coming, but I did not expect it to be what it was.

Tropes: secret identity

Age: NA since characters are college-aged but with a ya writing style

Content: kissing, mentions of sending nudes and suicide and depression and sibling loss

4 Stars
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libraryofemma | Oct 20, 2023 |
This book was good! I have never been on a mission trip but while reading this book, I felt like I was with Heather and Ian. The beginning has some cheesy dialogue but it changed as the book went on. Heather experiences so much and I learned from the book as well. I should have expected the ending of this book, but I did not.
libraryofemma | Oct 20, 2023 |
So in the 80s, or possibly early 90s, this was the book girl tweens read. I’ve probably read it 10 times or more back in the day. Was a great book fully written with non stereotypical characters? 10 year old me would say yes. Would adult me feel the same…. Probably not. I kind of want to go back and reread, but will at the same time, this book holds a special place in my heart and I not sure I want that to be ruined…
TheDivineOomba | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Jun 22, 2023 |
I read this when it first came out fifteen years ago. I was big into teacher-student romances for a few years, and wrote some stories I was really proud of. This was one of the ones I read. I had no idea who Lurlene McDaniel was and certainly just how far out of her normal wheelhouse this was. She writes three-star, skimmable books about sick teenagers who die and how sad their surviving friends and family are, with the story weighted towards the sad people but not the dying person. These premises are excellent and I like them a lot. My favorite book is a YA coming-of-age sick lit tragedy, even. I'm not knocking the genre at all. Her writing isn't for me, that's all. She's a prolific writer and has been doing this for decades, and I congratulate her on her success.
So coming back to this and seeing her name was weird. Definitely raised my eyebrows but also tipped me off to what kind of writing it would be. I plugged her name into the ebook system, in the mood for three-star books about dying teenagers. And saw this among the usual offerings. I read it to see if I still hate teacher-student romances, as I have for a decade or so. The older I got, the creepier it got. It's still creepy. I am kink-shaming, here, and I understand that.

This book was clearly based off of predator Mary Kay Laternau. I suspected it and then Seattle popped up in a conversation and I knew. For books like these...this would have been deliberate. This may have been a mishmash of different teacher-student sexual assaults IRL, shoved into this book. The teacher gets plenty of chapters dedicated to her POV. Psychotic asshat. I kept skipping her chapters and then I had to skim back over them because something plot-relevant showed up! BOO! I'm -glad- I consider McDaniel's writing three-star. If it had been five-star, I wouldn't have been able to finish this book. I felt like puking anyway. Didn't, but I felt like it. I took some extra medication, even, is how unsettling this book is to me as an adult. The victim's best friend gets chapters. I have no idea why. Her characterization was ninety percent "I love Ryan! RyanRyanRyan woe is me! I do not want to damage our friendship!" and ten percent, "Oh, I um, play basketball and also have an autistic brother but he's just kinda there and I'm not going to talk about either of these things and what they mean to me because Ryan." I got it the first time, you--sigh.

The descriptions of autism are outdated. The brother is pinned down in the book a few times, twice on the page and once off. I have no idea why he was even in the book. He added nothing to plot or characterization. Not that there was much to begin with. Ryan gets the most characterization by far. No one in this is particularly sympathetic, but if I had to pick, he would be the closest. I am so sorry that a psychotic asshat got ahold of him. She was a slobbering pervert indeed, and also--controlling. Her controlling and manipulative nature was weaved solidly into the book, and for a tiny moment I wondered how many clues i'd originally missed. I hate to say it, but I would not normally credit McDaniel with being able to write that because romance and horror are so different. Cell phones are repeatedly mentioned but it's evident that it's the cell phones of the 2000s being mentioned; not the ones people use today. This, back then, was to indicate wealth and class. It was an interesting way to do so.

I remembered the ending. The epilogue. The walking through the misty graveyard. I remember the beautiful imagery and back then, I had considered the ending haunting. Now it just gave me chills of disgust. McDaniel introduces the book and provides a postscript, both indicating in each that she disapproves of student-teacher relationships and she indicates the power dynamics. I think she was ahead of her time in that. I don't remember this being discussed the way she did in those author notes, in public back then. Now, it is, and rightfully so.
I don't know how to describe my feelings in conclusion. I mean, it was nice to revisit something i liked as a teenager with the understanding i would likely hate it as an adult. I went in fully understanding this would disgust me and possibly have me upset. I chose to read this, and chose to read it all the way through. I don't plan to read it again and don't foresee myself recommending it.

Gonna peruse McDaniel's normal offerings, though, on my ebook device. Nice, safe, return to sad teenage stuff.
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iszevthere | Hi ha 12 ressenyes més | May 16, 2023 |



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